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Mazda's ferocious 335kW Furai

2008-01-16 07:42
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mazda
Model Furai
Engine Rotary
Power 335kW
Mazda has wowed all at the Detroit auto show by unveiling its Furai concept, a contemporary interpretation of the rotary powered supercar.

Furai takes Mazda's unique Nagare - Japanese for 'flow' - design language a step further as it is translated into a concept car based on an American Le Mans Series (ALMS) racing car.

The car utilises a Courage C65 chassis the company campaigned for the ALMS series only two seasons ago, and the 335kW triple-rotor rotary engine drives through a X-trac six-speed transmission with paddle shifters.

Keen on synergising epic performance with environmentally responsible design Mazda has enabled the 20B rotary engine to run on E100 ethanol.

Says Franz von Holzhausen, Mazda's North American director of design, "Furai purposely blurs boundaries that have traditionally distinguished street cars from track cars.

"Historically, there has been a gap between single-purpose racecars and street-legal models - commonly called supercars - that emulate the real racers on the road. Furai bridges that gap like no car has ever done before."

Mazda's critically acclaimed Nagare design language describes the flow of water, air, people or things moving in one direction. Furai might only be 1-metre high but is a shade over 2-metre wide and sports classic proportions, striking an undeniable presence.

With the Furai showcasing exquisite detailing and aerodynamic efficiency in an aesthetically breathtaking package, Mazda acolytes must be aching for the company to give Furai a production future, ensuring the rotary performance experience lives well into the 21st century.


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